New Summer Travel Itinerary Offers Family Fun, from the Waterfront to the Farms

A family trip to Pierce County includes beaches, parks, farms, museums, and the Chihuly Bridge of Glass, shown here.

TACOMA, Wash. — As a year and a half of pent-up travel demand is driving families to try and get the most out of their road trips, Travel Tacoma – Mt. Rainier Tourism and Sports today launched its Family Road Trip Extravaganza itinerary, a convenient, pre-built plan that offers three days and two nights of waterfront wandering, city excursions, small-town charm and farmland fun in Pierce County.

“Families have plenty to think about with school being out, summer ticking away, and the pressure to make up for a year of lost travel experiences,” said Matt Wakefield, Director of Marketing and Communications for Travel Tacoma – Mt. Rainier Tourism and Sports. “At Travel Tacoma, we’re steeped in knowledge about what makes an epic trip to this area, so we’re doing what we can to give families a roadmap to a hassle-free trip, where they can see it, book it, then jump in a car and do it.”

The step-by-step itinerary includes suggested walks, beaches, parks, museums, experiences, restaurants and overnight stays.

Family Road Trip Extravaganza starts in the peaceful waterfront village of Gig Harbor, with waterfront parks, a trip through the Harbor History Museum, and a tour of the harbor with the only Venetian gondolier in the Pacific Northwest: The Gig Harbor Gondola. He entertains the kids, sings in Italian, and tells a sliding scale of age-appropriate stories about the history of Gig Harbor.

Follow that with a day filled with waterfront bike rides and museums in Tacoma, including Tacoma Art Museum for their new Benaroya Wing, Museum of Glass for their hot-shop amphitheater and America’s Car Museum for a Family Zone with kid-friendly exhibits including few photogenic, interactive cars that can withstand the gentle caresses of a toddler’s hands, fists and feet.

The trip concludes with a day in the home of Americana in the Pacific Northwest: the town of Sumner, brimming with antiques stores, bookshops, boutiques, bakeries, and cafes. Just down the road is a visit to the agriculture hubs of Puyallup and Buckley to wander farms (depending on the season) and enjoy farm-fresh meals. In springtime, there are blooming flower festivals; in the late summer, Sunflower Days is a photogenic paradise of yellows and oranges; and fall means pumpkin patches, harvest festivals and spooky Halloween delights throughout the valley.

The full itinerary, with details, pictures and links to book is at


SOURCE Travel Tacoma – Mt. Rainier Tourism and Sports

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